By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: April 2010
Kathy Reynolds, vice president of programs for the Broken Arrow Area Chamber of Commerce, shows off the RedBud Outstanding Event Award presented by the Governor of Oklahoma in recognition of the 2009 Rooster Days festival.
Broken Arrow’s Rooster Days is the oldest festival in Oklahoma, and 2010 marks the 79th year for the event, to be celebrated Thursday, May 6 through Sunday, May 9 in Broken Arrow’s Central Park. The 2009 edition of Broken Arrow’s Rooster Days received the RedBud Outstanding Event Award, presented by the governor of the State of Oklahoma.
It would truly be hard to believe that there is anyone from Broken Arrow or surrounding communities who has never attended a Rooster Days event. But, if for some reason you have missed out on Oklahoma’s oldest festival – intense, action-packed, kid-friendly, musical and fun only begin to describe the Rooster Days celebration. It’s guaranteed to please and entertain the entire family.
This year’s celebration will feature entertainers from Broken Arrow and surrounding communities, plus a special concert on stage Saturday night. There will be an arts and crafts show inside the Community Center, with three gymnasiums full of the artistic talents of local artists and crafters. Items featured in the arts and crafts show will be on sale to the attending public. This might be a great time to pick something up for your mom (hint: Mother’s Day is Sunday). Gate admission is free to Rooster Days and the accompanying arts and crafts show. Admission is charged for rides and games in the carnival area. Rooster Road will feature tent booths displaying information and merchandise of some of the local sponsors and merchants who help make Rooster Days possible.
In addition to the rides and games, there will be lots of fun stuff to eat from numerous food vendors. Who doesn’t have a craving for festival food offerings ranging from corn dogs to funnel cakes?
Friday night’s stage will feature performances by Broken Arrow High School’s Tiger Rhythm, Vocal Jazz, Jazz 1 and Jazz 2 instrumental groups. Saturday night’s performers will include Sam and the Stylees and The Last Slice. Radio stations Z104.5 The Edge and 94.1 The Sound are sponsors of Saturday evening’s entertainment. The Edge will also be doing a live remote on location Saturday before the performances. The annual Miss Chick Pageant will commence on stage at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 8.
Rooster Days hours will be Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The annual Rooster Days parade on Downtown Broken Arrow’s Main Street will start at 10 a.m. Saturday. Sunday, the concluding day of Rooster Days, is also Mother’s Day and is a great way for you and your family to entertain mom.
Broken Arrow leaders contributing to the success of the 2010 Rooster Days festival include Scott Eudey, committee chair and entertainment chair; Russell Parker, food chair; Kathy Reynolds, Rooster Days coordinator; Jack Hayhurst, parade chair, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Broken Arrow; and Judy Smith, Miss Chick Pageant chair.
Rooster Days sponsors include PSO, Baptist Village of BA, Blume Spa & Studio, Broken Arrow Ledger, Floral Haven Funeral Home, Class Act Party Rentals, Tee Town Golf Ranch, Walgreen's, Saint Francis Hospital South, Window World of Tulsa, Rural Water District #4, ONG and McGraw Realtors.
For more information about the Broken Arrow Rooster Days celebration, please visit www.roosterdaysfestival.com. If you need additional information, you may call Kathy Reynolds at (918) 251-1518 or email her at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.